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    Posted: 19 May 2020 at 18:14
Was browsing listings and I haven't seen this lens before: Sakar 35-135

Never even heard of Sakar. Any thoughts?
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I've had a Sakar teleconverter which was obviously made by Kenko/Tokina.

It looks like those lenses we have listed under Magnicon, though we don't have this particular model listed. I've seen similar looking lenses with Samyang, Rokinon, and Cosina branding. It also looks similar to the Tamron 35-135mm F3.5-4.5.

It doesn't look too much like the Sigma 35-135 F3.5-4.5 which I've owned. That one is a push-pull zoom.

Edited by QuietOC - 19 May 2020 at 19:08
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OK, thanks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2020 at 23:23
It's only superficially similar with the Tamron 35-135mm - I have the Tamron lens and it's clearly a different build.

I can recommend the Tamron - it's a great lens - but I do not know anything about the Sakar.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2020 at 01:25
I see it says "LENS MADE IN KOREA" on it. That would rule out the Japanese companies. I don't know if there was another lens manufacturer other than Samyang in Korea.
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Iím sure I read somewhere that Sakar bought back Vivitar 10 or 11 years ago. According to an a-mount Flickr group they are Korean, and not very good.
 



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Sakar is an American importer that since 2008 has the rights to the Vivitar brand name. Sakar was discussed before, not that there is much information in that thread. Even on mflenses there is only one decent thread on a Sakar lens.

There are some mentions of Sakar lenses on Pentaxforums.com and this Samyang 70-210 lens seems related to the one linked to here.

btw, is that "Korea" text not on the filter?
Also, the seller does not mention it works on Sony A-mount cameras. It could be one of those lenses that only work with first generation AF cameras.
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It's tricky separating the lenses that are (fairly decent) rebranding of exisitng known lenses, and those that are copied ones by unknown companies and unknown quality.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2020 at 13:56
It seems to be a Samyang manufactured lens. It might be a more rare one. These seem to have been available for all the screw-driven AF mounts.

I tried a MD mount Kalimar 35-135 F3.5 which probably has the same optics. I was intrigued by the constant F3.5 claim, but it got much darker zoomed in. It wasn't as good as the Sigma 35-135mm F3.5-4.5.

These brands import their lenses from multiple sources: Samyang, Cosina, Tokina, etc. Like Elite Brands who owns the Rokinon brand is now using the Minolta and Bell+Howell brands.

Edited by QuietOC - 20 May 2020 at 15:27
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I found some more details about these Samyang AF zooms. There is this note in the January-March 1988 issue of Popular Photography:

Korean-made lenses, generally available in the U.S. only under importer's brand labels, are about to appear under their own. Samyang, one of the two major Korean lens makers, whose lenses had previously appeared only as Sears Roebuck optics, will now make their debut as QTII optics. (Although available in other countries under the Polar label, a Samyang spokesman explained that "Polar" was a bit too close to the name of a well-known U.S. maker of instant-photography products.)

The new QTII lens line will feature two autofocus lenses for the Minolta Maxxum: a 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 that accepts 55mm accessories and focuses to 18 inches, and a 70-210mm f/4-5.6 that accepts 52mm accessories and focuses to 3.6 feet. Samsung claims to use a logic circuit that does not violate Minolta patents on AF lens systems. These two lenses and others will follow in mounts for additional AF cameras.


An AF 28-200mm F4-5.6 and 35-135mm F3.5 had been added by early 1992. An AF 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 was available by late 1992. And the 35-135mm was now a F3.5-4.5.

I am looking for more details about the 28-200, 35-70, and 35-135 to submit them to our database. I just have filter sizes right now. I haven't even found a picture of the 35-70.

Here is a flickr ablum of 35-135 images.

Edited by QuietOC - 27 May 2020 at 04:32
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